Meanwhile, today I want to highlight some private cyberschool options: meaning, they are not government-funded, you pay tuition, and in the cases of these particular schools I’m mentioning, they are non-religious. (My next post in this series will cover faith-based cyberschools). This may or may not affect your family’s philosophy- but my take is that you should do what feels right for your family. If you’re anti-common core, then probably consider other options. Again, this all boils down to your personal views.
If you’ve been tossing around in your mind the idea of enrolling your child in cyberschool, I invite you to read up on the following online homeschooling options I’ve discovered through my simple google search. This is not an exhaustive list, but I’m highlighting a few you can do additional research if needed. Also, note that these schools are nation-wide- so there are definitely more online schools out there. Just check to see what your state may offer.
As always, do your own research, ask your own questions, check up on accreditation, and ask loads of questions before you enroll your students in anything.
5 Virtual Private School Options (Non-Sectarian)
American School of Correspondence, located in Illinois, works in partnership with public, private, and parochial schools throughout the U.S. and offers a variety of distance learning options. The private school itself offers a degree program that allows students to take four years of highschool credits in less time than the average traditional high school.
This is a non-religious, private school which boasts a low tuition option. The school also seems to offer SAT/ACT prep as well as many electives.
Aurora International Academy offers classes middle school through high school (6th-12th grade). They also offer a dual enrollment program where your high schooler may also earn college credit.
As of this writing, they have both a self-directed and blended course model (which means they blend online work with in-class instruction- available at their campus in Georgia). The self-directed model is offered completely online.
The Keystone School offers college and career prep for students in the form of correspondence and online courses. Keystone seems to be a popular high school option for students who were previously enrolled in the middle school program at Calvert School (although Keystone also offers both middle school and high school courses).
They are accredited by AdvanceED and others. On their website, you can check their middle school, high school, and credit recovery program’s course catalog , view online demos of the classes, or request additional information.
Laurel Springs School is a private and online accredited school servicing grades k-12. It focuses on offering college prep courses, enhancing talents, and honoring learning styles.
Services include diagnostic testing, academic planning, virtual open houses, and orientation. Students are invited to also participate in online and local clubs like honor society. Graduation and prom are included.
Stanford University Online High School is an independent online school for gifted students in grades 7-12. It provides a stimulating and challenging educational environment through full time, part time, or single course enrollment options. A residential program is offered each summer for students to take classes.
Read more posts in this series:
- Pros and Cons of Online Homeschooling
- 5 Virtual Private Schools-Online Homeschooling Options, pt. 2
- 30 Faith-Based Virtual Schools
In another post, I will cover faith-based school options, as well as charter schools, so stay tuned. And as always, make decisions that are best for your family and your convictions. Go where God is leading you and follow His prompting.
Be blessed in your homeschooling!